While COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease, the best evidence indicate that the disease in unlikely to spread through casual contact.
The goal of contact tracing is to identify, through a series of interviews, those individuals who have had significant close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. (The CDC
defines close contact as any individual within 6 feet on an infected person for at least 15 minutes.)
When to Self-Quarantine
What to do if You’re Self-Quarantining or Test Positive
- You must self-quarantine if you feel ill or have had direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
- Until a formal case investigation and contact tracing can be completed, all those who are known or suspected to have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should undergo self-quarantine/self-monitoring period. In these situations, close contact includes:
- Having been within 6 feet of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for a period of at least 15 minutes in any environment, regardless of the use o face coverings or masks.
- Concord expects close contacts to be tested for COVID-19 and to follow the CDC guidelines for 14 days of self-quarantine (including asymptomatic contacts testing negative).
- Please note that this is interim guidance and is based on current CDC guidelines and the current West Virginia and Mercer County situation. The guidance can/will be updated as the situation evolves.
- Contacts of contacts (e.g., secondary contacts), or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, are generally not felt to be at high risk of infection. Therefore, unless the health department identifies that a specific outbreak situation warrants further action, the University will not seek to identify casual contacts or secondary contacts. Units may advise employees and students to monitor their own health for the development of any symptoms, but quarantine procedures are not required for these types of contacts.
- All CU community members are required to report if they test positive for COVID-19 or are self-quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19. Students should notify the CU Student Health Center (304-384-6355).
- Students who live within three (3) hours of campus should go home to quarantine or isolate unless there is a very compelling reason they cannot, which Housing will address on a case-by-case basis.
- The local health department will contact any individual who tests positive for COVID-19, complete an initial case investigation and initiate contact tracing.
- The University will support these efforts by providing contact information and other resources as requested.
- Once close contacts are identified, they will be quarantined and monitored for the development of symptoms.
- CU Student Health Center and Student Affairs will work with students on procedures for isolation and quarantine and return to class.